Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Charlottetown Ice

My family was in Charlottetown for a few days at the end of our March Break (March 4-7, in fact) for a swim meet where my daughters Rebecca and Molly were competing. And, since the spectator section of a swimming pool is not the ideal place to spend an entire day (and evening) with a 5-year-old boy, I looked into possibly taking my son Joe for a skate somewhere in town. I was very pleased to find out that Charlottetown has a number of outdoor rinks; ten, according to the City’s website. Unfortunately, the ice at all ten was in “poor shape” as stated on the website; here is something I grabbed directly from it before we went:

Updated: Feb 26, 2010 at 9:00 am. All rinks are in poor shape due to mild weather. Please note that consistent temperatures of – 4 Celsius or colder are required to build up ice on the rinks.

Now that’s what I’ve been sayin’ for the past month…consistent temperatures of – 4 Celsius or colder are required to build up ice on the rinks. That sentence could be the tagline to my blog…if it wasn’t already occupied by “the roofless world of skating outdoors.” Anyway, the complex that houses the pool includes a couple of rinks, so Joe and I did get to go skating after all…indoors, of course.

Oh, and here is an update on the conditions of Charlottetown’s outdoor rinks that was issued just as we arrived on PEI:

Updated: March 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm. All rinks are closed for the season.
Well, folks, looks like that’s officially a wrap..in Beresford as well as Charlottetown. Sigh. :(

But, don’t worry, Backyard Ice fan(s)…I have several blog entries in the works and I’ll be posting them occasionally in the off-season. Stay tuned! :)

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